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Avenida Bolster Interior With Dream Signings

11 May 2010

Erika de Souza and Sancho Lyttle are a mean one-two punch with the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA.

Now the two have joined forces with EuroLeague Women powerhouse Halcon Avenida.

Lyttle, a 1.9m power forward, signed an extension with the team back in April and Avenida have just confirmed that the 1.97m De Souza will play alongside her in Salamanca.

The Brazil national team pivot's arrival means that Avenida could have the most potent frontcourt in the EuroLeague Women.

Rio de Janeiro-born Erika averaged 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds - seventh best in the competition - this season.

She was second in the league in offensive boards at 3.5 per contest and third in blocked shots at 1.3.

Lyttle, who averaged 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds, ranked number one in double-doubles with 10.

Her average of total rebounds was second only to Candice Dupree (11).

While they have played together in the United States, the two were enemies on the court in Spain with Ros Casares and Halcon Avenida forever going up against each other in big games, including the EuroLeague Women play-offs.

In their Quarter-Final showdown, which Ros won 2-0, Erika had 10 rebounds to go with her four points in Game 1 and 21 points and eight boards in Game 2.

Lyttle finished with 13 points and six rebounds in Game 1, and 17 and 10 in Game 2.

Erika was among five prominent players to leave Ros Casares earlier this month after helping the club win its fourth success Spanish Liga Femenina crown.

One of them, Anna Montanana, has been linked with a move to Avenida - her old club.

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